Before we get this new week rolling, we’re taking a look back at the week that was. These are the stories that Gazette readers engaged with most this week, from the Mr. Supranational USA pageant to news about some improving numbers in the COVID-19 pandemic here in the state:
Mr. Massachusetts is from Taunton
In a perhaps encouraging sign of his chances in the Mr. Supranational USA pageant, our most-visited story this week was about Mr. Massachusetts — and Taunton resident — Michael Yurkovskiy. Gazette reporter Susannah Sudborough spoke with him about what brought him to Taunton, his career goals, and how he’s preparing for the pageant, coming up on May 14.
Middleboro police officer sues Taunton
A Middleboro police officer is suing the city of Taunton over a launcher that exploded in his hand, causing him to lose a finger. According to court filings, Officer Kevin Nardi made a claim to the city on March 25, 2020, which the city has not responded to. He is now looking to go to trial.
The Key to Beauty
After 20 years as a hair stylist here in Taunton, Amy Chaves recently opened her own salon, Key to Beauty. She started her career at a salon in Raynham, before moving to Trend Setters on Washington Street, where she’s worked for the past 17 years. She’s built lasting friendships with her clients, and now she’s ready to strike out on her own at her Tremont Street salon.
Bask Cannabis sues Taunton
Fairhaven-based retail marijuana company Bask Cannabis is suing the Taunton City Council again, this time over the Council’s January vote to deny an extension of the company’s host community agreement, which had lapsed. Catch up on the case here.
Ending with some good news
In a promising downward trend for coronavirus here in Massachusetts, COVID cases have plummeted in the state, according to this report from early last week. It’s not often we get to report good news concerning the pandemic, so we like to celebrate the wins too! On Saturday, cases in Massachusetts dipped below 25,000 for the first time since early November. The downward trend continued with the latest weekly Mass. DPH public health report, and Taunton was no exception to the statewide trends. Surrounding towns in our area also showed improvement, especially Rehoboth.
Now that’s an optimistic note to start this week on.